The Crypt of Civilization is a sealed airtight chamber built between 1937 and 1940 at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Georgia, in Metro Atlanta. The 2,000-cubic-foot (57 m 3) room contains numerous artifacts and documents, and is designed for opening in the year 8113 AD.
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In the post-apocalyptic world, man's mysterious relics meet very different fates, including those in a site in the U.S. called the "Crypt of Civilization". Other crypts, safes, and time capsules are exposed to new threats. An abandoned Mental Hospital in Connecticut offers clues regarding man's ability to preserve records.
A swimming-pool-sized room in Atlanta, Ga. hasn't seen the light of day since 1940, and it won't for another 6,1oo years. To provide more evidence for future generations than we have about the past, then-president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Thornwell Jacobs, turned this room into the first modern time capsule, called the Crypt of Civilization.
One day in March 1963, as workers were building Houston's Astrodome, politicians and business leaders gathered at the construction site. They held a brief ceremony and placed a time capsule of mementos into a hole. Workers then covered it over and resumed construction of the 9-acre complex.
With the passing of another year, only 6,108 years remain until our descendants can open the time capsule known as the Crypt of Civilization. Sealed in 1940 on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, the crypt, which was originally a swimming pool, contains a record of human endeavor from the beginning of recorded history.
One of the things I love most about archives is the way they allow us to connect directly with the past. When I come across something interesting, I feel as though I've discovered a piece of hidden truth or insight that has been left just for me.
IT'S time capsule time. As the new century approaches, instant archeology is being created by civic groups, schools, churches, businesses and a surprising number of families and individuals who have chosen to encapsulate the present for the presumed benefit of the future. The time capsules of today differ, in many instances, from those of the past.
ATLANTA, June 2- Three years ago, residents of the town of Wilkinsburg, Pa., prepared to dig up a time capsule buried in the last century. But nobody could remember where it was. ''It seems that the people who buried the capsule decided to keep its location a secret so it wouldn't be vandalized,'' said Knute Berger, a Seattle writer who is an expert on time capsules.
The Crypt of Civilization, a multimillennial time capsule, is a chamber that was sealed behind a stainless steel door in 1940 at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. The crypt is the "first successful attempt to bury a record of this culture for any future inhabitants or visitors to the planet Earth," according to the Guinness Book of World Records (1990).
Semi-ancient Mariner The ship's voyage began in 1970 as the centerpiece of the original Dante's Down the Hatch at Underground Atlanta. The restaurant hasn't been open since the '90s, but its ship, a large piece of machinery from an old candy factory, a brick well predating the building, and other eccentric accoutrements remain locked below ground.
Here's something for Georgians to look forward to -- if you plan on being around 6,000 years from now. In 1936, a new phrase was born -- time capsule, thanks to Oglethorpe University president Thornwell Jacobs. Motivated by the opening of the pyramids, Jacobs proposed collecting as much of modern society as possible and sealing it up for six millennia.